Appraising some Manly Antiques

At more than 150 antiques appraisal events all over the world every year, I tell people what they’ve got and what it is really worth. My approach is plain, simple, straightforward. Women typically bring their guys to my events but the guys stay for my no holds barred approach to appraising antiques. This approach, along with my unexpected flair for the comedic, has attracted many, including many men, to my appraisal events

Dan and Dr. Lori with his $1,200 strand of pearls

Guys are keen collectors and know, dare I say better than some women, when someone is feeding them a line. I reveal the real deal and that, among other things, brings the guys to my events with the objects that they collect. They want to hear the truth and they know I will tell them just that.

In Baltimore, MD, I just had to coax Dan into wearing the strand of pearls that he bought at a Goodwill Thrift Store for $15. When I told him that the pearls matched his Baltimore Ravens football jersey and purple camou ensemble, he laughed along with his wife and just shrugged me off.  When I explained that he had a purchased an opera length strand of hand knotted 6 millimeter Mikkimoto pearls dating back to the 1950s worth $2,500 bucks, then he ran up to the stage to model them for me. Who says men don’t like to buy jewelry?

In Roanoke, VA, I told a nice guy who just wanted to keep the old crock that sat at the top of his grandmother’s staircase for years that sometimes sentimental objects are also worth some cash. He initially took the oversized crock from his late grandmother’s house for sentimental reasons and then found that it was the perfect size for putting his beer on ice. The early 1900s storage crock had a cobalt blue image of a flower on it and he nearly dropped it off the stage (I couldn’t lift it) when I told him others like his had sold for upwards of $5,000. After my event, he was heading home with his crock to break the news to his football buddies that they needed to chip in for a new beer cooler.

I first met Nick in Hazleton, PA and since then he has been at many of my events over the years. At one event, Nick brought a flag to appraise. The flag had been in his family for years and it was from Philadelphia. It was a Centennial flag dating to 1876. As was customary, the flag was flown in the streets of Philly during the 1876 World’s Fair or Centennial Expo worth $20,000. Nick was so happy and surprised to know the real information about his flag. Nick’s flag is not only old but glorious.

Nick and his $20,000 1876 Centennial Flag from Philadelphia

I review wonderful historic objects, sporting objects, guns, and a litany of objects all over the world. Some are more masculine than others, but no matter the object, guys want to hear the real truth about their art, antiques and collectibles. I am glad to share the news – good or bad with the boys!

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